The Democratic Convention Week That Was….


I was elected a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin in May and was honored and lucky to be a part of the Democrats Abroad delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Whew!

I invite you to be a part of this with me by following my DNC Member page on Facebook where you can see pictures and videos from the convention as well as information I receive from the DNC.

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Democrats Abroad DNC Members with Interim Chair Donna Brazile.

If you’re an American living outside of the United States this Presidential election is one you cannot afford to miss. There are other crucial elections happening in your home state in November too. Register to vote and/or request your absentee ballot today (to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines) from


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Read a Field Update then Join our Kiva Team

Join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!

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Thank you for supporting an entrepreneur in Senegal.

Dear Kiva Lender, Hello from Senegal!


Thank you so much for making a loan to a borrower in Senegal. As a Kiva Fellow who has spent the past four months meeting with borrowers and helping to advance Kiva‘s mission here in Senegal, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the recipients of your loans, who are some of the most hard-working, welcoming people I’ve ever met.


Through my visits, I’ve heard about many difficulties that borrowers in this country face, and I’ve also heard many success stories.


I met with Anna, the representative for a group of borrowers who raise livestock in a small village. She said that her Kiva loan offers her and her fellow borrowers a longer loan term than most other loans she could get, which makes a huge difference when your business takes some time to mature – literally!


I met with Mbeye, a fisherman who usually starts his day at 5 or 6 in the morning, and finishes as late as 8 or 9 in the evening. He’s using his Kiva loan to build a second fishing boat in his spare time, and he will use it to expand his fishing business.


Many borrowers I met with, including Aissatou, Bineta and Maimouna work in “petit commerce,” for which there’s not a great English equivalent, but retail comes close. They sell various goods in their neighborhood markets, but they frequently change what they’re selling to adapt to changes in demand. So, someone might sell carbon for cook stoves one week and then vegetables the next, but also sell breakfasts outside her home on weekday mornings. Many of these women work at the local market all morning, return home around midday to make lunch for their families, and go right back to the market afterward. I can’t possibly imagine cooking a meal for a family of 8 on my lunch break, so I was in awe.


I met with a group of women, including Awa and Fatou (featured above), who live in a seaside village and make their livelihood from smoking and drying fish. As a lover of smoked fish, I asked to see their work and they took me on a tour of the town’s fish smoking operations. From the area where they buy fresh fish to the grills where they cook it to racks where they leave it to dry for several days in the sun to the smokers, it was so interesting to learn about all the different steps in the process. Afterward, they invited me to join them for a lunch that included fish they had smoked – it was delicious!


I hope this update gives you a taste of the stories and successes of the borrowers you’ve lent to. It was a pleasure to meet all of them, and I thank you, on their behalf, for the loans that have helped to make their successes possible.


If you wish to keep contributing to the growth of Senegalese borrowers, join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!


Best, Anneka Nelson Kiva Fellow Class 29

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Exclusive discount on Yoga retreat for Women of Colour in the UK

Special offer:  The inaugural retreat for women of color is just under a week away. Join the OYA team for yoga, grounded movement and meditation. Vegan cuisine with Ghanaian flair, pool, sisterhood and more await you. If you use the promo code “blackwomeneurope” you’ll receive a 10% discount on the July retreat if you book by Thursday July 7th.

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OYA Retreats are dedicated to delivering an holistic movement and mindfulness practice to Black women and women of colour. On exclusive retreats in the United Kingdom and abroad, guests are offered room to explore, reflect, release, and renew.

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Recalling the Elements: Fire & Wind

Join Nikita, Shiggi and Stacie for their first weekend yoga and mindfulness retreat together at Poundon House, a beautifully exclusive house and grounds located just 60 miles northwest of London. The retreat will include yoga, mindfulness, movement, vegetarian meals, as well as free time to explore the area, swim, rest, read, and relax.


The elements are expressive and reflected in our own moods. We move between emotions of hot and cold, happy and angry, sometimes without even recognising or understanding why. At this weekend retreat we will explore the seemingly opposite poles that both fire and wind represent and how, in conversation with one another, transformation becomes possible.

On the one hand, fire is irreplaceable in its warming capabilities, for example of food or the body, and it can even illuminate one’s path. If untamed, however, it can burn and scorch everything in its way. Similarly, wind offers us a cooling system and can provide the energy we need to power up. At high speeds, however, wind becomes an indestructible force bringing chaos to anything it touches. This retreat will benefit anyone looking to find balance in the midst of the world’s extremes.

The body is the only true home that we will ever have, so it’s important that it be nourished and cherished. Over the course of the weekend, guests will be led in movement and mindfulness practice to do exactly that. Grounded movement and powerful Hatha flow sessions that invigorate will be balanced with soothing mindfulness exercises to leave guests feeling rejuvenated.

The retreat schedule is subject to change and will be released to registered guests closer to the date. Please have a look at our example schedule here.


The retreat is fully catered with dairy- and wheat-free vegetarian cuisine. On Friday evening a light dinner will be served. Saturday and Sunday morning, a warm broth will be offered before the movement session, and breakfast after the movement session. On Saturday, a filling and warm lunch will be served and a light and healthy dinner. On Sunday, guests will receive a boxed lunch, if they desire to take something with them on their journey home.


Learn about the three instructors, including Founder Stacie CC Graham on the OYA Retreats website.
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How to incorporate European style in your wardrobe

Dress Like a European Woman

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If you’ve been to Europe, you must have noticed one thing, just about every woman there dresses well. Yes, even when they are out to buy some milk. You will find women wearing shorts and high heels on the street with their babies in the stroller. In short, whatever be the occasion or whatever hour of the day be, women in Europe stay in style and follow the latest fashion trends.

So let’s take a sneak peek and know about the European fashion trends.

Get the right fit

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If you think that women in Europe have their closet filled with designer clothes, then you are wrong. But yes, they do have some high-end fashion elements. The most important thing of their dress is that they make sure to have the right fitting clothes. In case the dress they have bought is not the right fit, they get it altered to fit them well. So to match them make sure you have right fitting clothes. You may want to get your favorite clothes at some discounted rates so you can check out some latest offers with exclusive voucher codes at Dealslands women’s fashion store page.

Be simple

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European women keep their wardrobe simple. You will find their timeless and classic collections which are tranquil. Then the trick comes. They add that finishing touch to their attire with some bright coloured shoes, jewellery, scarf etc. Some even go for a contrasting look by adding an over-sized flowing top to a pair of skinny jeans.

Skinny jeans

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Jeans constitute the basic element of any European woman’s wardrobe. It is a common scene to see them wearing skinny jeans. Dark blue or say gray coloured jeans is very common. Colourful jeans like something in bright red can even be spotted.

Simple hair style

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European women do not mess with their hair much. Sometimes you may even feel that they just got out of bed and tousled it. Messy bun or simple ponytail is in fashion.

Shoes and shoes everywhere

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European women love shoes. Many of them spend a good amount of their life just in high heels. But yeah, they are well versed to walk on the city sidewalks and cobblestone streets of Europe. A pair of wedges, boots, loafers flats, ankle boots, etc. has place in the closet. Don’t mess up with the prices of the of shoes. Check first when going for any purchase. So if you too are trying to find style make sure not to end up in a pair of running shoes or something that is uncomfortable.

Show some legs

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European women love to show off their skin. You will see women out there wearing pantyhose, tights, skirts, stockings, etc. You can even see women showing off their legs during the winters. So get the right skirt or stockings to match your silhouette.


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A scarf completes the outfit of an European woman. A scarf that is either made from silk or cotton is worn during the summer, while cosy and warm scarves for the winter.

Simple makeup

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European women love to wear makeup. They again make sure to keep it simple. Something they are fascinated about is wearing lipstick. You will find women with bright red lipstick all over the place. You can find the shade that matches you and wear simple makeup to meet their style.


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European women love sunglasses. You will be stunned by the style and design of the glasses. 70’s style sunglasses are also in trend now.

So if you too are trying to blend in with the European fashion, better follow these tips to up your European style each day.

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Multi-Award Winning Travel Photographer: B.W.I.E 10th Anniversary Shero

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Black Women in Europe Blog™ 10th Anniversary notes:

I picked Lola as a Black Women in Europe Blog10th Anniversary Shero not only because of her enormous photography talent (my Swede was impressed with her camera when he observed it draped around her neck and resting on her baby bump several years ago) but because of her enormous body of work. She’s been to just about every corner of the world, seriously and has been published in everything from National Geographic to the BBC and took a selfie with Sweden’s Crown Princess before selfies were all the rage. I’ve written so many blog posts about Lola’s achievements that I can’t decide which award is the most impressive.  I know first hand how amazing Lola’s eyes are as she has made me look magical from behind the lens. And I’m touched this globe-trotting mother of two and trophy wife still wears the stylish girlfriend hat. All I had to do was ask (and follow up a couple of times) with the amazing Lola to create something to mark my anniversary and she did not let me down. Indeed she created something museum worthy and for that I will always be grateful.

I will treasure this expose Lola! Tusen tack.

In Photos: On redefining dreams in Europe

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Multi-award winning photographer Lola Akerstrom.

Words and photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

As a Nigerian-born, Sweden-based self-taught photographer, my dream as a child was to one day see my images grace the pages of National Geographic which opened the world of exploration to me during my childhood. My professional work has appeared in various publications such as National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, Slate, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, and several in-flight magazines, and my photography is represented by National Geographic Creative.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

My style is inspired by the conscious act of “listening”. I tend to isolate people or subjects and place almost all focus on them. I make traditionally “mundane” scenes more interesting through isolation. This is something I both consciously and subconsciously do. I observe interactions – how people are interacting with each other, with their environment, and how light interacts with them – to capture a sense of place. This is conscious. The subconscious comes from listening. Because I always try to listen to people and places, I tend to isolate individuals and visually listen to and elevate them. I listen to their verbal and nonverbal stories. I let them tell those stories themselves through my photography. And I strive to dignify them during the process of telling their own stories visually.

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photography by Lola Akinmade Åkerström

I’m always inspired by strong black women who are actively carving their own creative paths despite the challenges we collectively face and are building successful lives and careers for themselves in unconventional ways. Living in Sweden for a while now, I’ve been fortunate to meet so many resilient black women doing amazing things – from entrepreneurs in the beauty and baking fields to performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, authors, and many more. All redefining what it means to be successful by actively pursuing their dreams and passions.

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Meet all of our Anniversary Sheroes.

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DJ Candice McKenzie

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Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson

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Financial guru Ellen Kountz


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Francisca Payne

Francisca Payne says, “Be A Winner”.

~ Be A Winner ~ There Are Two Sides of Life

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Be A Winner is an inspirational and a motivational book, written to help you to understand the power of faith. In this book Francisca Payne shares a part of her own journey with the readers to show that a negative, painful and difficult past can be changed into a positive, successful and blissful life. Francisca Payne inspires everyone to look at life from a different perspective and become successful. Every chapter ends with an exercise to help the reader experience “immediately” what it means to take action in faith. This book is a “must read” for every woman, especially for Christian women!

Francisca 225x300 Francisca Payne says, Be A Winner.FRANCISCA PAYNE is an inspiration for almost every person who meets her. Her encouraging words bring light and hope in the hearts of those who face challenges, even the challenges which can be life changing!

Like no other she knows how frightening it can be when your life changes from one day to another.

The sudden death of her younger brother was the first challenge she had to deal with at the age of 10. Her life changed from a peaceful and secure life to a life of frustration, loneliness, anger, pain and sorrow. In her childhood and young adult life she had to deal with many addictions, such as soft drugs, sleeping pills,  sexual addiction and sexually explicit literature (pornography). These were the ways she coped with her challenges…….

Find out more about Francisca on her website.

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